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Vaccine Mandates Are Trending Across Biglaw Firms

August 4th, 2021

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Shots in arms to keep lawyers and staff safe from Delta’s harms. By Staci Zaretsky We keep saying that the times we’re living in now are “post-pandemic,” but that seems to be far from the truth. COVID-19 continues to rage on across the United States, and the Delta variant now accounts for about 93 percent […]

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Ex-Home Depot Staffers Ask for Early Judgment

August 3rd, 2021

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By Ben Miller Seven former employees of Home Depot who participate in the firm’s 401(k) plan last month asked a Georgia district judge to affirm that their former employer mismanaged their assets with imprudent investments and high fees. They argued that the evidence they have presented is sufficient to prove that the plan is mismanaged. In […]

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More Biglaw Firms Will Require Employees To Be Vaccinated, Some Push Back Reopening Dates

August 3rd, 2021

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The Delta variant is making a lot of law firms change their plans when it comes to vaccination. By Stacey Zaretsky It seems that Biglaw firms have finally gotten in line with science and acknowledged that the best way to protect their personnel is to require vaccines against COVID-19. In light of the highly contagious […]

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Winners Unveiled for 2021 Elite Trial Lawyers

August 2nd, 2021

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This years awards banquet also honored Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar and Rising Stars. By ALM staff The nation’s top plaintiffs’ lawyers were recognized for their work during our Elite Trial Lawyers banquet in New York City this past Thursday. Firms were recognized for their work in antitrust, securities litigation and business torts, among […]

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More Biglaw Firms Mandate Vaccines For Lawyers And Staff

August 2nd, 2021

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Welcome to the new normal. By Staci Zaretsky Much progress has been made in America’s many battles against COVID-19, but thanks to the Delta variant, we’ve not yet won the war. In a world where the pandemic rages on vaccination seems to be our only defense, and more and more law firms are now mandating […]

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Grassley Bill Aims to Slow DOJ’s Pushback on Whistleblower Suits

August 2nd, 2021

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By Daniel Seiden FCA bill would require DOJ’s reasons for dismissal Would end ‘unfettered discretion’ standard Whistleblowers hoping to expose fraud by drug companies and federal contractors sometimes see the Justice Department push to dismiss their cases without explaining why. A bill (S. 2428) by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to amend the False Claims Act, […]

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4 Types Of Failed Wage And Hour Bills States Could Resurrect

July 29th, 2021

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By Mike LaSusa States have led the way this year in passing major changes to wage and hour law, and while some high-profile proposals failed to advance, experts say lawmakers are likely to reintroduce them in the future — perhaps with greater success. Here, Law360 looks at four types of legislation that largely failed to […]

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Grassley Moves to Stop Contractors From Holding U.S. ‘Hostage’

July 29th, 2021

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By Daniel Seiden A bill from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to amend the False Claims Act addresses his longtime frustration with government fraud lawsuits that get dismissed because contractors assert that agencies paid for products and services despite knowing about misconduct. An FCA suit must allege “materiality,” meaning that a federal contractor’s actions would likely […]

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Weil, Dickinson and Sanford Heisler Update Office Policies Amid Shifting CDC Guidance

July 28th, 2021

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Weil told lawyers and staff that “the same rules that applied earlier in the pandemic before the lifting of restrictions will be reinstated, effectively immediately.” By Andrew Maloney What You Need to Know After the CDC updated its mask guidelines, some law firms are adjusting their own office policies. Sanford Heisler Sharp, Weil Gotshal and […]

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Delta Variant Rattles Plans for Getting Lawyers Back in Offices

July 28th, 2021

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By Ruiqi Chen and Erin Mulvaney Return-to-office plans carefully crafted by companies and law firms face new uncertainty from changing federal Covid-19 guidelines and the rapidly spreading Delta variant. The Centers for Disease Control partially reversed its mask recommendations for fully vaccinated people Tuesday and now suggests that people who are fully vaccinated should wear […]

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Equal Pay Act’s ‘Other Than Sex’ Defense Meaning Still Murky

July 27th, 2021

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By Daniela Porat With circuit courts split on how to interpret the Equal Pay Act’s “other than sex” defense against claims of pay inequity and the Paycheck Fairness Act all but dead, attorneys told Law360 the defense’s ambiguity will be a persistent source of contention. Under the Equal Pay Act, employers can show that a […]

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City Council to discuss proposed settlement in opioid lawsuit

July 27th, 2021

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By Brian Brehm WINCHESTER — City Council tonight will open discussions on ways Winchester could use potential monetary awards from a class-action lawsuit filed against America’s opioid manufacturers. While the litigation is still pending against several major pharmaceutical companies accused of fueling increases in opioid addiction across the United States, a proposed settlement in the […]

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Cooley Says No Office Requirement for 2021, but Those Who Do Go In Must Be Vaccinated

July 20th, 2021

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Firm leadership said “we have evolved to such a degree that our workplace of the future will be neither fully remote nor fully in person.” By Jessie Yount Cooley announced Tuesday that the firm is not instituting a mandatory return to office or a minimum number of in-office days for the remainder of 2021, according […]

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Gag Order Issued On NFL Concussion Race-Norming Talks

July 19th, 2021

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By Zachary Zagger Law360 (July 19, 2021, 9:26 PM EDT) — A Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge has issued a gag order telling the NFL, concussion class counsel Chris Seeger of Seeger Weiss LLP and former players’ attorneys from Zuckerman Spaeder LLP not to discuss the status of mediation on ending the controversial use of race-based […]

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Big Law’s hybrid future will rely on honor system, for now

July 16th, 2021

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By David Thomas (Reuters) – Some law firms have gotten creative in bringing lawyers back into the office after more than a year of remote work, with approaches ranging from dedicated days to expectations that attorneys will spend “the majority” of their time at the office. But how are the firms, with hundreds of lawyers […]

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